52,000 metric tons of urea fertilizer purchased from Bangladesh have arrived in Nepal.
As per the agreement between the government and the government (G2G) to procure chemical fertilizers, the same amount of fertilizers has reached the regional offices of Krishi Samagri Company Limited, Birgunj, Biratnagar, and Bhairahawa.
Gorakhnath KC, state manager of the Birgunj office, said that the Bangladesh government would provide 50,000 metric tonnes of urea to the Nepali government as per the G2G agreement.
According to him, a total of 52,000 metric tonnes of manure entered Nepal a few days ago after an agreement was reached to provide an additional 2,000 metric tonnes of manure in addition to the 50,000 metric tons of urea manure provided by Bangladesh.
According to the agreement reached between the two countries’ governments, the government of Nepal should have received all the fertilizers within July.
Suresh Prasad Chaurasia, a horticulturist at the Agriculture Knowledge Center, Parsa, said that 30 percent more paddy would be produced in Parsa district this year than the farmers facing a shortage of manure till last year got fertilizer on time and sowing started early this year.
Urea, DAP, and Potash fertilizers are in stock at the Provincial Office of the Agricultural Ingredients Company Limited, Birgunj, which is wholly owned by the Government of Nepal.
The fertilizer seems to be sufficient for the first phase of paddy cultivation. The office has been delivering manure directly to the farmers through its 131 wholesalers. Up to 130 bags of manure are given to a wholesaler at a time.
There is a provision that the seller has to sell the fertilizer at the price fixed by the local level.
The farmer has alleged that some of the vendors are selling the manure at a high price to the farmers under the pretext of high cost as the transportation cost is high and the police demand money on the way.
Farmer Vijay Pandit of Ramgarhwa has complained that he is forced to buy manure at high prices as the office does not provide manure directly to the farmers after the start of the paddy planting season.
In Parsa district, 90 percent of farmers have been cultivating paddy.
Paddy is being cultivated in a total area of 46,600 hectares in Parsa.
So far, 90 percent of paddy sowing has been completed in the district which has 14 local levels